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Gotham - Episode 3.02 - Burn the Witch - Sneak Peek, Promo, Interview, Promotional Photos & Press Release

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Fish Mooney (guest star Jada Pinkett Smith) takes matters into her own hands to locate Hugo Strange (guest star BD Wong), forcing Gordon to reluctantly team up with journalist Valerie Vale (guest star Jamie Chung) to find her. Penguin rises in popularity after criticizing the work of the GCPD and Bruce’s investigation of the Court of Owls is compromised. Meanwhile, Ivy Pepper (Maggie Geha) is reintroduced into Gotham city in the all-new “Mad City: Burn The Witch…” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GTH-302) (TV-14; L, V) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1

Cast: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean, Maggie Geha as the future Poison Ivy, Michael Chiklis as Detective Nathaniel Barnes

Guest Cast: Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, BD Wong as Hugo Strange, Jamie Chung as Valerie Vale, Nicholas Calhoun as Nick, Leslie Hendrix as Kathryn

Promo & Post Mortem Interview

And Bruce was kidnapped in the final moments of the premiere by that same organization. Why did they kidnap him instead of just outright killing him when they put a hit out on him?

The whole next episode will answer that and deal with that. The short answer is that Bruce is a really powerful symbol and the Wayne name is really powerful. They don't want to kill him because they want to use him or potentially turn him to their side and recruit him. Or maybe they do want to kill him but they're just not ready yet. Their plan isn't ready and they need to buy some time. There's a ton of clarity coming in the next episode, but there are some questions that stretch this mystery over the course of the season.

When it comes to Ivy's attack, the audience already knows that an older actress has been cast to play her for this season. How will her attack at the end of the premiere play into that?

We made the change for two reasons: The character Ivy in the comics, one of her greatest powers is the power of seduction. Everyone was much more comfortable with that with an older actress as opposed to a teenager. We want to explore that classic, canonical power of Ivy. And we didn't just make her older with that attack. When she's changed and transformed, there's a real character change as well. She'll still have some of the same traits, but she'll be much darker, more manipulative than the Ivy we've seen so far. There's a more evil quality to her as well. It's more than just physical.

All of the Indian Hill escapees are rejecting the changes Strange performed on them, and it looks like it's killing them. That essentially puts a ticking clock on their story, yes?

It's really about Fish Mooney rejecting these changes. That's the real focus, that she's having these problems. We're dealing with the escapees, the monsters of Indian Hill, in the first two episodes. Fish Mooney's existence will always permeate Gotham, but we deal with that story in the first two episodes and then we move on to allow for the [Mad] Hatter and some of the other characters and storylines we wanted to tell. The short answer is that it puts an end date, a finite timeline on the story. We didn't want to spend the entire season with the monsters. They were better serviced in a shorter timeframe.

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